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Visiting Ghent, Belgium - Gravensteen Castle & Canal Boat Tour | Eurotunnel Road Trip With Kids - Day 3

I'd been so excited for our family road trip with Eurotunnel for so many reasons, but mostly because I was just so eager to go and visit some places in the world that I'd never been before with my family. Day one and two in Boulonge-ser-mer and in Lille in France had been so much fun - we'd just loved exploring and discovering places that were new to us. I was so excited to be going to spend the day in Ghent in Belgium on day three. My in-laws had visited before and had told us how much they loved it, especially the castle, describing it as a 'real fairytale type of castle'. And so being so into historic places myself, I couldn't wait to go and visit.

30 Goals Before 30

I can't even believe that I'm going to be 30 next year in September, which means that currently, I'm 28, which I'm totally fine with. And I'm also semi-fine with being 29 in a few months. But 30!! - That I just can't believe. And it's not that I think it's at all old because I don't, it's just that I have vivid memories of standing in my bedroom as a child thinking 'I wonder what it'll be like to be 18, oh my gosh I'll be so grown up!'. And 18 for me, was over ten years ago! It's funny how fast time goes, it's scary to think about it actually. But what I do love, is how happy I am with where I am in my life. And I think that that is what matters, not age! 

Seventh Generation #ComeClean Review & Hamper Giveaway

Is it slightly mad that I enjoy cleaning? I think it's the satisifcation of the end result with getting to see nice, clean shiny surfaces when I'm done. I've always tended to go for more natural sorts of cleaning products where I can mostly because I feel that they're a lot safer for using around the kids and I will typically buy products if they state they arent tested on animals for obvious reasons, but I'm not always as hot on this as I should and would like to be. 

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Spending the Day In Lille, France | Eurotunnel Road Trip With Kids - Day 2

Day two of our family road trip with Eurotunnel saw us travel from Boulonge-ser-Mer in France to Lille, also in France. The journey in the car took us just an hour and a half and we very easily managed to find parking in the town centre.
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Lille has so many different places that are perfect for toddlers and young children, including a zoo, a Natural History Museum, a bus tour and even an amusement park (Parc les Poussins within the Citadel Park). Right next to the amusement park there is also quite a large children's play park, that our boys spent ages playing together in, on the several slides, a see-saw, the several climbing frames and a fun train.

My YouTube Story and A Huge Thank You!

It started back in 2012.. it was the year I got married in fact. I'd discovered The Shaytards on YouTube, - an American family who videoed their lives every single day and who had become enormously popular for doing so. And then a few months later, I found The Saccone-Joly's, an Irish couple who too had started videoing their day to day lives. And I totally fell in love with the concept. I loved the idea that via youtube they were capturing not only the special moments in their lives, but the ordinary too.

As I've got older I have realised that often it's the ordinary moments that can be the best and sometimes we don't realise that at the time, perhaps not for a long time after. But it's often these ordinary sort of moments that shape us and make us into who we are. So how incredible it was for these youtuber's that I'd grown to love watching, to at the push of a button be able to access those memories frame by frame.

I became enchanted with the idea of capturing thoughts, emotions and moments. I was 23, about to get married to my childhood sweetheart and have my first child - I began to see my life as journey and I realised how happy I was at that point in my life. I wanted to capture my journey, so that then I could always go back and and feel like I remembered it all, not just what my own memory would allow for.

The Sibling Project - The Boys in June | 2017

For once I had so many photos of my boys together from this month to choose from.. I think it's to do with the combination of the lovely weather which means we're doing more, getting outdoors more and I'm having my camera out more. Plus the fact that Logan is very nearly 2 (his birthday is the 30th June), so the boys seem a lot closer as Logan learns and understands more. 

Logan has shown us that he really is understanding what we're saying to him this month. He can point out things in books and communicates with us just like his big brother did at his age. Logan has followed Ethan's developmental stages pretty much exactly the same - Ethan was a late speaker, and I think little Logan will be the same. Although, Logan does say a few words to us, where as Ethan pretty much said nothing until he was nearly 3, despite understanding what we were saying to him. 

Travelling To Boulogne-sur-Mer, France & Visiting Nausicaa Aquarium & The Beach | Eurotunnel Road Trip With Kids - Day 1

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I often say how much of a fan I have become of travelling and seeing different places in the world since becoming a Mum. I've gone from being this total homely sort of person with no interest in holidays or travelling, to now having this flare for exploration and for adventure. My boys, both being outdoor-loving sort of children, who are most happiest when they're off running free and discovering different places, have been a big influence in my change of heart when it comes to going away from home. Through the eyes of a child, adventure is as exciting as it gets and their excitement and passion for exploration has definitely rubbed off on me in a big way. Combined of course, with the fact that I now see how important time away from routine and everyday life is, when you have a family and a busy work life. 

A little while ago now, whilst we were in Devon visiting my good friend and also fellow blogger, Hayley from Sparkles and Stretchmarks, I was sent a really exciting email from Eurotunnel inviting me and my family to go on a road trip via the Eurotunnel to France, Belgium and The Netherlands! We were so flattered to have been asked and so grateful too and we jumped at the chance. I'd never been on the Eurotunnel before, in fact, I'd never even visited France and I was so excited to get to go and discover some new places that I'd never been before and take my family along with me.
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